Tenements for bondmen, 1391
Catalogue reference: SC 6/973/12


Cher et bien amez porceo que le conseil mon treshonorez seigneur de la Marche ad entenduz que bien Henry Estbroke franc de corps qi tenoit de mon dit seigneur en Odecombe deux tenementz / bondes dont lune edifie et lautre nyent edifie est devenuz si feble par veelesse qil ne poet governer les ditz tenementz einz les ad susrenduz as mains mon dit siegneur et sur ceo vous les auez graunte / ore tard a un Johan Conde aussint franc de corps pur un fyn de xj marcz et a trouer au dit Henry pur terme de sa vie certeine sustenance solonc la custume du manoir / et il yad un William Forlove nyuf de sank a mon dir siegneur qui nad nulle mansion en la dit ville qi voet doner a monseigneur tresze marcz pur avoir les ditz tenementz / faisant qanqe le dir Johan Conde devereit faire et soit emys au consiel mon dit seigneur que les bondes tenures ne deveront ester lessez a nul franc tancome len purra trover / neyfs de sanc qui les voudra prendre par auys et ordenance de dit conseil ieo vous face assavoir et charge fermement depar mon dit seigneur son dit conseil que pris seurte du dit / William Forlove de apier les avantidizt tresze marcz en manere come fust acordes que le dit Johan Conde duest avoir paie les vnsze marcz er de faire outré ceo que le dit Johan / deveroit faire pur mesmes les tenementz facez deliverer au dit William les tenementz susditz Et endroit de xl s qestoient assis sur William Bronde neif mon dit seigneur illoeqe / pur une defaute que luy fust surmys a la darraine foiz que monsieur Thomas Mortemer estoit darrainement a Odecombe, et de xx s que sont ore mys sur luy a la darrainere court / tenuz a Odecombe, vous charge depar mon dit seigneur et son conseil que vous les faces metre en respit sanz reins en leir du dit William Bronde ou de ses biens tanqa / la proschene venuz du dit monsieur Thomas et autres du conseil mon siegneur illoeqe Et aussint vous face assavoir et charge depar mon dit seignour et son conseil que vous ne / soeffrez nul enfant mael ou femele ou autre qui soit neyf monseigneur de sank de sa dite seigneurie passer hors de mesme la seigneurie tancome les demorrantz / en mesme la seigneurie les voillent sustener par lour service ou en autre manere issint que mon seigneur ne soit desheritez de lour sanc pur lour / esloigner hors de la seigneurie en manere come il fust en point davoir este desheritez de Johan Wodehous. Et sur toutes cestes matiers / ieo vous garranteray devers mon dit seigneur et son conseil par cestes mes letters escrites a Londres le vj me jour de Juyn lan du regne notreseigneur / le Roy Richard le seconde quartorszime. William de Forde

Translation

Dear and well beloved, whereas the council of my most honoured lord of March has heard that Henry Estbroke, a freeman, who held of my lord in Odecombe two bond tenements, one of which was built and the other was not built, has become so feeble by old age that he cannot maintain the tenements and so has surrendered them to the hands of my lord and you have then granted them later to a John Conde, also a freeman, for a fine of eleven marks and with a duty of finding for Henry for the term of his life certain sustenance according to the custom of the manor. And there is a certain William Forlove, a bondman by blood belonging to my lord who has no house in the said town who wishes to give to my lord thirteen marks to have the said tenements, doing whatever John Conde ought to do, and my lord's council has been advised that bond tenures ought not to be let to freemen as long as one can find bondmen in blood who wish to take them.

By advice and ordinance of the said council I cause you to know and charge you firmly on behalf of my lord's council that having taken surety of William Forlove to pay the aforesaid thirteen marks in the same way as it was agreed that John Conde ought to have paid the eleven marks, and to do moreover what the said John ought to do for the same tenements, you should cause the tenements to be delivered to the said William.

And as for the forty shillings that was assessed on William Bronde, bondman of my lord there for a fault with which he was charged the last time that my lord Thomas Mortimer was last at Odecombe and for the twenty shillings which are now levied on him at the last court held at Odecombe, I charge you on behalf of my lord and his council that you should cause them to be put in respite without levying anything from William Bronde or from his goods until the next visit of the lord Thomas and others of the council of my lord there.

Also I cause you to know and charge you on behalf of my said lord and his council that you shall not allow any child, male or female, or any other who is a serf in blood of my lord of his lordship to pass out of the lordship until the dwellers in the lordship are willing to support them by their service or in some other manner so that my lord shall not be disinherited of their blood by allowing them to leave his lordship, in the way that he was on the point of being disinherited by John Wodehous. And on all these matters I guarantee you towards my lord and his council by these my letters. Written at London the 6th day of June the 14th year of the reign of our lord King Richard II.
William de Forde


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